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October 5, 2017
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Story by Brock Ormond


When you put two long-time East division rivals together in the same building, fireworks are bound to happen and they happened again between the Wellington Dukes and the Kingston Voyageurs Thursday night.


The two clubs skated to a 3-3 tie at the Invista Centre in a game that featured several end-to-end rushes, lots of back and forth play and standout peformances from the young men behind the masks.


The two goalies were front and center in period one as Kingston's Trevor Withers and Wellington's Jonah Capriotti stopped every puck that came their way. Capriotti in particular had to be sharp, as the Dukes ran themselves into a bit of penalty trouble with five infractions. Kingston wasn't able to take advantage of their powerplays however, and the period ended scoreless. The Voyageurs owned the slim edge in shots 13-12.


The goals eventually started coming in bunches in the second frame. Mitchell Mendonca opened the scoring at 5:23 with his first of the year from newest Duke Ben Evans and Andrew Rinaldi to get the County unit on the board. In a span of 2:45, four quick goals were scored, including three from the Voyageurs. Cole Edwards knotted the score up before Teddy McGeen broke the tie about a minute-and-a-half later. The Windsor native's sixth of the year came from Mitchell Martan and Colin Doyle. 19 seconds later, the Dukes fragile lead evaporated on a Sean Robertson tally and the Vees would take their only lead of the game just 46 ticks after that on a Rob Clerc marker. Shots favoured Wellington 16-12 in the frame, but Kingston carried the lead into the intermission.


6:37 into the third saw Edwards take a penalty to put the Voyageurs down a man and the Dukes would make him pay. Martan tied the game on his seventh of the season with help from McGeen and Eric Uba. The game remained tied despite several chances late in the stanza and it didn't slow down in overtime. Among key moments, Capriotti had to make a huge save on a 2-on-0 rush from the Voyageurs and Withers answered with a massive glove stop on a Mendonca breakaway to preserve the tie and the single point for each team.


Withers' 48 saves cemented him as first star, and Capriotti's 36 saves wasn't to shabby either. Wellington won the shot count 51-39.


The Dukes record now sits at 7-1-1-3 on the season, still good for a Northeast Conference best 18 points. Kingston now has a record of 3-5-1-0 with seven points, tied now for third in the East Division with the Trenton Golden Hawks.


Wellington heads home to welcome in the Stouffville Spirit for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop tomorrow night.

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